This poem by Allen Grossman struck me in a considerable number of ways. I especially noted the use of "it is as when", a figure that always reminds me of Dante. I don't think there is a taboo on such similes in contemporary poetry in English, but they are quite rare.
There's also the "just as ... so" form that appears in Dante, and is also rare in English-language poetry these days.
But I should also add that I just think Grossman's poem is beautiful.
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Rain on a Still Pond
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I like the way the poem opens up from the particular, and apparently domestic relationship between two people, to the universal. A lovely poem, Andrew.
It is beautiful. Thanks. And the phrase "it is as when" works wonderfully.
I'm glad you both enjoyed it as much as I did.
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